The easiest way to reach this picturesque island is by flying. British Airways departs from Gatwick Airport, while Air Malta departs from Heathrow, and both land at the island's only airport, Malta International, in about three hours. Once you arrive at the airport, rent a car and drive to Valletta, which is about 9.5km away. If you've rented a car, collect your keys at the agency desks in the arrival hall. The information desk is on the left after exiting the baggage hall. As the airport is relatively small, you likely won't have difficulties in finding your way around. With a rental car, you can begin your adventure as soon as you land and head to one of the many Valletta hotels right away.
Valletta, a dazzling 16th-century fortress city and UNESCO Heritage Site, is known for its elegance. Rent a car in Valletta and explore its rich history, beauty, and culture. At St. John’s Co-Cathedral, learn about the Order of the Knights of St. John, which ruled Malta between the 16th and 19th centuries. A stop at Fort St. Elmo leads you to the National War Museum, where you can browse fascinating audiovisual exhibitions about the Maltese military's involvement in World War II. Another landmark worth visiting is the Grandmaster’s Palace. Its stately rooms, bedecked in magnificent gilt and marble, have been modified, now serving as the office of the President of Malta. If you’re a diver and fan of marine life, a trip to Valletta wouldn’t be complete without visiting Gozo Island. Explore its beautiful geological formations, sandy beaches, and clear water.
Though tiny, Malta promises adventure. Its sunny weather year-round, with temperatures staying above zero even in winter, makes it a preferred holiday destination. The island's iconic coastline, exquisite beaches, and golden sands make it one of the Mediterranean’s most alluring islands. Go diving in its warm and clear waters and explore marine life, or stay on land and explore the rich culture. Valletta was one of the first cities to be planned in Europe and has a fantastic range of unique architecture. Its breathtaking landscapes have made it a preferred film location. For a break outside the city, discover Gozo and discover its religious sites, particularly the chapels and churches. They’re the epitome of sacred art and architecture, wonderful treasures that have defined Malta for centuries. Meditate at the retreat houses, or sit in any of the gardens or parks and enjoy the idyllic scenery.
With its close historical connection with Britain, Malta shares many of its traffic rules – though they aren't necessarily adhered to, so be careful. Ensure that you have a valid driving licence as it is a requirement when renting a car. Licences issued by EU are acceptable in Malta, but if you're a non-EU resident, then you must apply for a new one. When driving, keep to the left side of the road and keep in mind that the maximum speed limit is 80km/h on open roads, 50km/h in built-up zones, and as low as 32km/h in village centres. The main roads are generally tarmacked and in good shape, and traffic is monitored and controlled by both the police and local wardens. As you're driving, look out for roadblocks occasionally set up for Breathalyzer checks. Traffic is at its peak on weekdays at 7AM-9AM and 5PM-6:30PM, so plan your trips accordingly. Public parking is usually free.